Are you looking for a new scarf knitting pattern to try? Look no further! In this blog post, we have collected 25 of the best free and easy scarf knitting patterns from around the web. These patterns are perfect for beginners, and range in difficulty from very easy to intermediate. So whether you are a seasoned knitter or just starting out, there is sure to be a pattern here that you will love!
Easy Scarf Knitting Patterns
Scarves are the perfect first knitting project for beginning knitters. They’re easy to do and can be made with just a few basic stitches!
Why are scarves great for beginners? Here are a few reasons:
Most scarves are essentially a long rectangular shape. When you think about it, they’re not much different than a really long gauge swatch – so they’re a great way to practice new knitting stitches.
And unlike with other types of knitting projects, you don’t have to worry about complex shaping and seaming.
Plus, handmade scarves make marvelous gifts. Everyone loves to wrap up in a cozy handmade scarf. Or, maybe you’ll try turning your scarf-knitting skills into a charity project or even a side hustle.
Types of Knit Scarves
Scarves come in many different styles, and this list includes a variety of them, from light and lacy to chunky and cabled. You’ll find some elongated triangles, asymmetric shapes, and blanket-style wraps.
Supplies You’ll Need
Here’s what you need to start knitting a scarf.
Yarn: Before you started knitting, you may not have known just how many different types of yarn there are! If you’re a beginner, a good place to start is worsted or bulky-weight acrylic yarn. Worsted and bulky weight yarn is easy to work with, and knits up relatively quickly.
Under each of the patterns in the list below, we’ll give the recommended yarn. Check out those particular yarns if you want your finished product to match the pattern pictures.
Needles: Knitting needles come in different types, sizes, and materials. The pattern will recommend what size needles to use.
I often recommend wooden needles for beginners because they’re not as slippery as their metal counterparts. And if you already have a feeling you’re going to love knitting, go ahead and get an interchangeable needle set. That way, you’ll be prepared for whichever pattern strikes your fancy!
Notions are all the other odds-and-ends you need to finish your projects. Think scissors, a tapestry needle (for weaving in ends), and stitch markers (for identifying important points in your pattern). Once you’ve fallen head over heels for knitting, you might find yourself down the rabbit hole of niche knitting notions, but the basics should be enough for beginners!
25+ Free Scarf Knitting Patterns for Beginners
Enjoy these free scarf knitting patterns! Happy knitting!
If sleek and modern is your preferred aesthetic, this is the scarf for you! This stylish, reversible scarf is perfect for newbies practicing their knitting skills, or anyone that appreciates clean and simple design.
It’s been said that pockets make everything better, but what about pockets AND fringe?! This adorable scarf might be a challenge for beginners, but the finished product is so worth the effort. The optional fringe is attached with a large crochet hook so make sure to have one handy.
True to its name, this scarf is a cinch to knit. It uses only the garter stitch and simple increases and decreases to create the unique asymmetrical shaping. Easy as pie and looks like a million bucks!
Calling all Taylor Swift fans! Swifties know the power of a red scarf, but you don’t have to be a fan to appreciate the beauty of this reversible, tasseled design. With a scarf this luxurious, don’t be surprised if it ends up in someone else’s drawer!
The bright pointed ends on this fun and modern scarf serve two purposes: tuck them in and let the garter stitch’s grippy hold keep your scarf from unwrapping when you’re on the go and enjoy the bright pop of color they bring to even the gloomiest of fall days.
If you’re looking for a chunky scarf to protect you from the harsh elements, look no further. This warm and cozy scarf based on the classic fisherman’s rib stitch is sure to float your boat. Knits ahoy!
The sweet and feminine bow shape created by the ends of this scarf isn’t just adorable, it’s functional – a hidden keyhole keeps the scarf perfectly in place. The wide mid-section can be pulled down around your shoulder or folded over to create a collar. Pretty and practical!
Grab your granola bars, slip on your hiking boots, and hit the trail with this delightful cable-patterned scarf. It’s a great cabling pattern for beginners to try their hand at. Keep in mind you’ll need a cabling needle or one double-pointed needle for this project.
This is not your average scarf. A modern color gradient juxtaposed against contrasting stripes and a sleek asymmetric design elevate this stunning piece. The Gradient Scarf is knit in the round and could be a little challenging for beginners, but it’s worth all the effort!
This scarf features the seed stitch, which is truly perfect for beginners. It looks beautiful, it builds a satisfying texture, and it’s easy to knit as it’s made up entirely of knits and purls. Plus it’s reversible and it lays flat. What more could you want?
Doesn’t this scarf make you think of apple picking and pumpkin patches? Or just drinking apple cider and eating pumpkin pie? Whatever you do in this scarf, you’ll be warm and cozy doing it, and you’ll look great too.
Throw this chic scarf on top of any outfit and turn it into a look. The simplicity of the garter stitch complements the fun, playfulness of the stripes and eyelets, and the elongated triangle shape adds structural interest.
What Whovian hasn’t imagined wrapping themselves up in this iconic accessory? Now you can make your own (or gift one to the mega-fan in your life)! This pattern is ultra-accurate down to pantone color matches, so you can wear this to your next con with confidence. What are you waiting for? Pick up your needles, and “allons-y’!
Even the uniforms at Hogwarts are magical, and these preppy, modern scarves worn by our favorite trio are truly spellbinding. Based on the third- and fourth-year uniforms, the design features large color blocks with two thin stripes, and is sleek and stylish enough to add a little hidden whimsy to your everyday look. Be sure to check out the color recommendations to personalize your scarf to your own Hogwarts House. Wands – er, needles at the ready!
Here are some commonly asked questions about knitting scarves.
How long should a scarf be?
The length of your scarf will depend on the pattern you’re using and your personal preference. Generally, adult scarves measure between 60 and 70 inches (152 to 177 cm) from end to end. But you might prefer to make a scarf longer if you like to wrap it around your neck multiple times.
When making scarves for a child, a general rule of thumb is to match the length of the scarf to the height of the wearer.
How wide should a scarf be?
On average, scarves will measure about 6 to 8 inches wide (15 to 20 cm) for adults and about 3 to 6 inches wide (7 to 15 cm) for children. The width can also vary depending on the pattern.
How many balls of yarn do you need for a scarf?
To make a simple scarf, you’ll probably need about 2 to 3 skeins of worsted-weight yarn. That being said, the amount of yarn you’ll use varies depending on the weight of the yarn and the pattern. Most patterns will specify how much yarn you’ll need for the project.
More Knitting Patterns
When you’re finished with your scarf, check out some of these other free knitting patterns.
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